As Sonya Renee Taylor puts it: The body is not an apology. Our bodies, our exteriors that are visible to the world, are as beautifully diverse as we are as people within. Our society has historically shifted standards on what is "attractive" or what is "healthy". In the midst of this chaos, we are expected to find peace and fulfillment within ourselves and yet keep up by constantly changing. In a society and system that profits from making us feel "less than" in every way, our biggest rebellion is to be ourselves fully and without apology. In today's world that shames bodies for not fitting to a very rigid standard, radical self love through full acceptance of one's body is a vital necessity.
I work with individuals who fight and are affected by this oppressive system on a daily basis: whether it is through living with eating disorders, experiencing weight stigma, or fighting to be seen and appreciated as they are right now. Each one of us has a genetic inheritance that makes our bodies so richly diverse and different. I work with clients towards reaching a place of self-acceptance, self-celebration, and self-pride. Health and healthy living mean different things to different people: hence body diversity therapy is also as richly unique to each of my clients.
As a clinician, I emphasize some important truths in my work:
In my work, I follow closely the principles of Health At Every Size (HAES), which are:
Here are some principles that I urge my clients to adopt in their lives:
If you feel like you would like to work with me on this important journey of healing and celebrating yourself through radical self love, I look forward to meeting you!